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post #16 of 18

I will mention (so no one gets the impression that it is all roses) that I traded the Wilton Castle cake for a bunch of baby items. The playpen was a disgrace! There was no way I was ever going to stick my kid in there, even if I strapped it to the roof of my car and drove it through a car wash about 15 times, it would still be nasty! I had to throw it out! I have never been one to abuse the play pen, anyway, so mine were only in them if I had to run the laundry downstairs, or go potty. By the looks of it, hers lived and ate and pottied in it. And she never brought my castle pieces back to me, and her deposit check bounced, it was from a closed account icon_mad.gif

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post #17 of 18

We have a local company called Executive One which is a bartering exchange.  I "sell" to other members then that money goes into an account.  I can then spend that money at any place in the group - and there are TONS!  I'm getting married this month and this is paying for the limo, about half the flowers, and our hotel in Hawaii (as they also connect with other agencies).  The very best part is it *feels* (yes I know it's not) like free money!  I also get my oil changes, pizzas, locksmithing... the list goes on and on.  I highly recommend bartering!

 

Of course if you are doing it person-to-person (as I am with my DJ who is not involved in the group) make sure you both charge the regular rate and have it spelled out on paper what you are doing so no one is left with the short end of the stick. 

 

Bartering can also result in additional cash flow!  For example my DJ will likely use a good portion of his credit doing business promotion items (logo cookies at bridal fairs or whatever) and then I get my name out there for those additional products as well.

 

Did I mention I love bartering?

 

ps. going through the agency, they track all the sales and send me tax forms for them so that part is made easy.

post #18 of 18

I trade cake for advertising and my tax preparation! A woman from my mommy group runs a local website/e-newsletter that is geared towards parents in the area. She runs my ad and I give her and her business partner 2 birthday cakes/year (yes, I specified the value of the cakes to be provided!). And my sister-in-law is a CPA so she does my taxes in exchange for 2 cakes/year for her kids birthdays. That's a straight-up win for me since I would have done their cakes for free anyway :)

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